Morrant Chilterns League


Morrant Chilterns Cricket League


Chairmans Report 2012  Season


The season was probably the wettest in League history and the dreadful weather at the start of the summer took a lot of the enjoyment out of the summer of cricket.

The first division did not only suffer lost matches from the weather but the withdrawal of Hawridge and Cholesbury from the League after the first weekend.

This meant that added to lost matches due to rain there were three blank Saturdays for all of the first division teams.

Unfortunately we had a couple of incidents this season and the League had to form two disciplinary sub committees to deal with them both. One of the matches involved resulted in the match being abandoned. The sub committee banned both captains and this was upheld by an appeal committee Chaired by the Secretary of Bucks Cricket Board. The other resulted in an umpire being advised to take a refresher course during the winter.

Some clubs are finding it more difficult to raise enough players for two teams and there will be more than one proposal from Clubs at the AGM to slightly change the way we play in an attempt to alleviate the problem in the future. We may not all agree with the proposals as a way of encouraging more young people to play but we do all have to work together to find the answer.

The League Champions for 2012 are Binfield CC who pipped Wraysbury and White Waltham in a tight finish. We congratulate them on their success.

A full list of divisional winners, runners up, relegated teams and the individual performance winners can be found on the League website.

Wraysbury CC won the Knock Out Cup beating Amersham Hill CC in a well contested final. Our thanks go to Amersham Hill CC for staging the final and for making it a most enjoyable evening.

Unfortunately we will be losing Wargrave CC and Little Kingshill CC for next season and as yet no suitable applications for membership have been received.

Wargrave CC have been accepted into the Thames Valley League and we wish the Club every success as they strive to climb the divisions and improve their playing standards. Due to player difficulties Little Kingshill CC are amalgamating with Amersham CC and will play their cricket as Amersham in the Thames Valley League in 2013.

The committee have formed a sub committee to look at the future of the League and the ways that we can move forward to be a more successful and a stronger League and to attract younger players.

The sub committee will be meeting over the winter and will hopefully report back to the Clubs in the New Year.

The League Representative X1 lost an exciting first round match at Taplow CC against a very strong Essex County Sunday League team. The players did the League proud and my thanks to them all especially Gareth Pugh (White Waltham) for organising most of the team and for captaining. Thanks to Taplow CC for staging the match and for the excellent tea. We entertained some of our Vice Presidents for tea on the day and it was good to see them again

My personal thanks go to Mike Walton, Brian Griffin and Gaye Massey for the sterling work they do in supporting me and in running the League smoothly. (Doubt many treasurers have broken a bone in their foot in in making sure they get to a meeting) The Chairman apologises for the choice of venue. I am sure all Clubs will want to endorse these thanks to three very hard working people.

Thanks also go to Binfield CC for arranging the Presentation evening and a lovely buffet. Unfortunately we picked the coldest night of the winter so far to be in a three sided marquee but I think it all went well.

My thanks to all League representatives who give their time for Club and League and trust they will be looking towards taking the League forward into the future.

Thanks also to Audrey Hardy (Chalfont St Giles) for once again being the League auditor.

Thanks to Winchmore Hill, Pinkneys Green and Taplow for hosting meetings

Thanks to Morrant Group Ltd who continue to be our sponsors.

I am willing to stand for re election and continue to see the role of Chairman as an honour. If re elected I will strive to bring new clubs into the League without compromising any of our high standards.

Ron Hedley (Amersham Hill)


24TH November 2012


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